As a new estate agent in Pudsey and being a proud Yorkshire man to boot, I thought it was only fair that I wrote a little blog on gods own county. Yorkshire has some amazing places to live and to visit. Not only that, but it is home to some of the friendliest people in the UK. We have a couple of premier league football teams in Sheffield United and newly promoted Leeds United. Even as an estate agent, it is easy to forget that we have some expensive real estate around us. Here is a list of the five most expensive towns to live in
1.Ilkley. Ilkley is set in stunning countryside, very sedate with some beautiful shops and quaint little tea rooms, Ilkley is also home to The Box Tree restaurant, one of the first UK restaurants to gain two Michelin stars. Synonymous with fine dining it has been it was a proving ground for some fantastic chefs, Marco Pierre white being amongst them. There is also the cow and calf rock, a tourist attraction that according to legend was split into two by a giant running from his wife. Living in this boutique town will come at a price. According to Estate Agents in Ilkley House prices in this beautiful place come in at well above the national average with a current average value of £410,668.
2.Harrogate. In 1982 Harrogate became the centre of attention for European music fans when it hosted the 1982 Eurovision song contest. It was won by Germany who was represented by Nicole singing Ein Bißchen Frieden. There is an array of tea rooms, the most famous one being Bettys. There are regularly queues around the block with people wanting to sample its famous ‘Fat Rascal’ scones, which are decorated with a cherry and almond face (and from personal experience I can tell you they are delicious.) Surrounded by “the stray” along with the famous Turkish baths and traditional architecture, local estate agents proudly exclaim that this fashionable resort town has some beautiful houses and they come with an average price tag of £370,465.
3.Otley. With its’ cobbled streets, amazing menagerie of shops and a butcher that sells award-winning pork pies, Otley has it all. Couple that with a huge ratio of pubs to population over 24 pubs serving a population of only 15000, it is truly a Yorkshire man’s dream. The original Emmerdale farm buildings are based on the outskirts of town and the streets have appeared in a variety of TV shows such as Heartbeat and Fat Friends. Another big claim to fame is that Otley is Birthplace of furniture maker Thomas Chippendale. A huge influence on the town that can still be seen today. Living on a film-set does not come cheap according to estate agents in Otley with house prices averaging £293,837.
4.North Ferriby. For those of us who loved the Indiana Jones movies North Ferriby holds a secret. The legendary religious crusaders known as the Knights Templar founded Ferriby Priory as a preceptory around 1160. It remained an important monastery even after the Templar order was put to the sword. North Ferriby was also the place where the earliest known bronze age boats were found in 1931. The Ferriby boats as they are known, support the belief that man was capable of crossing oceans more than 4,000 years ago. Fashionable Ferriby as local estate agents call it will set you back on average £366,099 for a house and for those in the money, a period pile can cost you almost £1 million
5.Ripon. Ripon has some of the most beautiful buildings in North Yorkshire it has an eclectic mix of Tudor and Georgian styles. Robinson Crusoe author, Daniel Defoe once described Ripon Market Square as "the finest and most beautiful square that is to be seen of its kind in England." The famous Hornblower tradition continues to this day but due to Covid-19 restrictions Ripon's three traditional Hornblower’s have had to perform the ancient ceremony from their homes for the first time in its history. In 2008 the famous Ripon Pancake Race was banned due to concerns about health and safety. However, in true Yorkshire tradition, common sense prevailed and in 2009 the race was reinstated. We are made of sturdy stuff up north. If the pancake race tickles your fancy, you will need to pay for it. The average cost of a house here according to local estate agents is £294,390.